Kurtenbach: The Warriors believe they can defend their title. It’s time for them to consistently show it

Kurtenbach: The Warriors believe they can defend their title. It’s time for them to consistently show it

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors once defined an NBA era without parity. No matter what the standings said, the truth was that the Warriors were the league’s top team, and everyone else was playing for second place.

Those days are over. Today, the Warriors are in the thick of a Western Conference where the difference between the No. 3 seed and missing the playoffs is a paltry three wins.

Amid these tight margins, there’s a sense of anticipation around the defending champions. The Warriors’ season has been a slog, but there’s a pervasive notion that the Dubs’ best basketball could arrive at any moment; that the team’s omnipresent .500 record is merely a prelude.

But is it?

At what point is the evidence of this season enough to inform the remainder of it?

If these Warriors are inevitable, how long can the team wait before putting its true form on display?

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Going into Saturday’s game with the Mavericks, the Warriors have 30 games remaining in the regular season.

Any time they want to get around to playing that better brand of basketball, I’m sure it will be well received.

“I think we’ve seen spurts of really good play,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told me. “We just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

We know the Warriors can play better than they have in the last two games. Their loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday — in which they blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead — was deemed “unforgivable” by Kerr in a 95.7 The Game radio interview.

That loss was followed a night later by a ran-out-of-gas performance in Denver.

Competition in the NBA is tough enough. The schedule will give you losses, like when it demands you cap a road trip with a game at altitude on the second end of a back-to-back.

But the grind of the Association is even tougher when you’re beating yourself, and that’s the only consistent thing the Warriors have done this season.

In a season that has been defined by close games, Golden State seems to find more ways to lose those contests than win them.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches the game from the sidelines during their game against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)


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